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Youth Conservation Corps at Patuxent Research Refuge

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD will be hosting a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program on the Refuge this summer.  The YCC is a summer employment program for young men and women from all segments of society, who work, earn, and learn together doing outdoor conservation projects.

The program is open to young men and women ages 15 through 18 years of age, who are citizens or legal residents of the United States.  Enrollees work full time for 8 weeks (Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:15 pm) and earn minimum wage.  The program runs from June 20 through August 12, 2011. Enrollees are expected to be available for the entire program. A strong interest in outdoor work and natural resources is recommended.  Applicants will also need a Social Security card prior to the first day of work, and must be able to provide their own transportation to and from work. Public transportation is not available.

Previous work projects on the Refuge have included repairing fencing, clearing vegetation, building and improving trails, cleaning water control structures, removing invasive plants and contributing to wildlife management programs.  Participants also participate in educational activities.

Interested youth should visit http://patuxent.fws.gov for a YCC application form or for additional information on the refuge and the YCC program.  Youth may also call (301) 497-5891 for information.  Applications must be postmarked by April 9, 2011, and sent to: YCC Coordinator, Patuxent Research Refuge, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708.  Selection will be by lottery.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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